Why does my dog stink after a bath?

asked 2017-05-15 17:55:46 -0500

This is a question that we often get from sitters and owners who work with Rover. Help the community out by answering them in our forum!

edit edit tags flag offensive close merge delete


Your dog may not be completely dry or it is possible, depending on the breed and coat of your dog, that the shampoo wasn't able to fully get to the skin and wash out all the odor and dirt present. I suggest, if you bathe your dog yourself then try bathing at Tails of the City in Vacaville off Davis

Nicole O.'s profile image Nicole O.  ( 2017-05-18 15:09:23 -0500 ) edit

3 Answers

Sort by ยป oldest newest most voted
answered 2017-05-18 13:54:09 -0500

It could be multiple things:

-Your dog's food or diet -Your dog not getting enough exercise -Leaving your dog outside for long periods of time -Not cleaning your dog's bedding -Your dog rolling in something

Your dog could also have medical issues that cause the odor, like:

-An ear infection -A skin disease -An anal gland disease -A dental disease -A Urinary tract infection or disease

Try smelling the areas of the body (ears, skin, rear, mouth, etc.) to see where the scent is mostly coming from. I would change their diet and give them fish oil to help their coat. If that doesn't help, I would then take them to the vet to seek professional help.

edit flag offensive delete link more
answered 2017-05-18 15:32:02 -0500

The main cause is a bacterial or fungal infection of the skin. These infections cause skin inflammation, bumps or hair loss, along with an unpleasant odor that can't be removed by soap, bathing and conditioners. Skin infections can affect some or all parts of your dog's body. They are common in the ears and result from either open wounds on the skin, a compromised immune system, parasitic infestations of the skin, or even skin allergies.Your vet can test him for a skin infection. If he's diagnosed with one, wash him with medicated shampoos and medicated creams to rid that offensive odor. Your vet may also prescribe oral medications.

Wrinkled breeds that have many skin folds, like the pug, shar-pei, bulldog and Pekingese, need meticulous bathing and drying to clean away dirt and debris from between these folds, that would otherwise attract bacteria that develop an odor.

If the dog emits fluid from his anal sacs, during the bath, that can stink.

edit flag offensive delete link more
answered 2017-05-19 08:44:53 -0500

If you mean the normal wet dog smell, that is from dogs' natural pheromones and scent. A continued foul odor from before the bath can be cause by a skin condition that you should call your vet and discuss.

edit flag offensive delete link more

Your Answer

Please start posting anonymously - your entry will be published after you log in or create a new account. This space is reserved only for answers. If you would like to engage in a discussion, please instead post a comment under the question or an answer that you would like to discuss

Add Answer